Originally Posted by DN91
Either that, or the US Government specifically asked SHIELD not to get involved since they'd want their new PR boost in the form of Iron Patriot to take care of the threat, in order to strengthen credibility and all that jazz.
That's how it was presented in the movie. When they're in that bar together before Tony's panic attack, Rhodey specific told Stark that the Mandarin was "American problems not Superhero problems" or something to that effect. SHIELD isn't exactly on firm ground with the U.S. government. As we saw in the end of The Avengers, there are some people who feel the Avengers are responsible for the destruction that happened in New York.